A flat and well-toned abdomen is something most people strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals and making it for them to opt for cosmetic surgical options. Tummy tuck also called as “Abdominoplasty” is a surgical procedure to remove excess fat and skin and restore weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal structure that is smoother and firmer. Even in some individuals with normal body weight tummy can come out and become saggy. Most common reasons for protruding abdomen includes: Ageing, heredity, pregnancy, prior surgery or significant fluctuations in weight.
PREPARING FOR THE SURGERY
There are two most critical aspects when deciding for Tummy tuck surgery: first is finding a good cosmetic surgeon and other being understanding which type of tummy tuck will be suitable for you. Once the surgeon is decided, he/she will take your detailed physical examination and medical history. Depending upon the goal and your body you will either undergo partial Abdominoplasty or complete Abdominoplasty. You will be instructed to follow a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. Your surgeon may instruct you to stop taking certain medications for some time before and after the surgery.
ON THE DAY OF THE SURGERY
Tummy tuck surgery is done under general anaesthesia means you will be asleep during the procedure. During a full tummy tuck a horizontally-oriented incision is made in the area between the pubic hairline and belly button. The shape and length of the incision is determined by the amount of excess skin. Once the abdominal skin is lifted, the underlying weakened abdominal muscles are repaired. Another incision is made around the navel to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen. The upper abdominal skin is pulled down like a window shade. The excess skin is trimmed and the remaining skin is sutured together. A new opening for the belly button is created. The belly button is popped through to the surface and sutured into position. Incisions are closed with the help of sutures, staples or skin adhesives. It is a major surgery and takes about four to five hours to complete.
After the tummy tuck surgery, you will be kept in the recovery room and once the effect of anaesthesia is over and you are alert, you will be shifter to a normal hospital room. You may require one-night hospitalization or depends on the criticality of the procedure. You may feel soreness and uncomfortable while lying down but will be asked to rest and slowly encouraged to take brisk walk to maintain healthy circulation. You will be made to wear elastic garments and bandages will be there along with drain tubes. At the time of discharge, you will be given a detailed instruction about care at home and how to keep area of wound clean along with an exercise program. Your surgeon will also instruct you on how to best position yourself while sitting or lying down to help ease pain.
Generally, most people love how they look after this procedure. However, it may take few months to feel like normal self. Follow the exercise and lifestyle instructions carefully in order to recover faster. You will have to severely limit strenuous activity for at least six weeks. You may need to take up to one month off work after the surgery to ensure proper recovery. The improvements made during a tummy tuck are meant to last—abdominal muscles will remain firmer and tighter and the excess skin will not return. When performed by a qualified cosmetic surgeon, a tummy tuck can be a life-changing procedure, helping you enjoy a slimmer, more youthful body that looks and feels better every day. Within a week or two, you may be standing tall and confident in your new slimmer profile. Your tummy tuck will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight.
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Q: What about the scars after the tummy tuck surgery?
A: The tummy tuck scar may take several months to a year to fade as much as it will. Proper care is necessary so that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, swelling, abrasion or motion during the time of healing.
Q: Does Tummy tuck surgery helps in weight loss?
A: No, a tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program.
Q: Can a tummy tuck surgery remove the stretch marks?
A: A tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised.
Q: Is liposuction and tummy tuck same thing?
A: No, Tummy tuck is a surgical procedure to excise and remove the extra fat and skin whereas in liposuction on fats are sucked off which can accumulate again.
Q: Will future pregnancy reverse the effect of tummy tuck surgery?
A: To maintain results, many doctors recommend women to wait to have a tummy tuck until after they are done having kids. A pregnancy may reverse some of the improvements from a tummy tuck and may require follow-up surgery to refine the look.
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